Medical Disclaimer: I am not a physician. Please take any information you find on Snapshots of Wellness to your own medical provider to follow their professional advice.
This particular blog is for those with complicated chronic illnesses. This is written for those of you who are in the thick of the battle and searching for answers to heal whatever disease or syndrome you have been diagnosed with.
What I have found through five years of extensive personal experience and clinical research is that there is a definite pattern via the healing path for hundreds of people I have personally interacted with and I've come to know. Mind you, these are people I know personally - I have spoken with - some are dear friends -others are respected acquaintances. All with one thing in common: They have all healed. They have all lost thousands upon thousands of dollars walking through the maze of healing. And they are all thriving. Healing IS possible even after 7 to 10 years! Don't you give up.
So, as far as I am concerned, along w/ a handful of just brilliant physicians, these folks are the best in their field (the field of healing that is) for testing, educational resources and pointing all of you in the right direction.
The pattern in all of these 'once ill patients' is an initial health crisis disrupts their lives followed by a lengthy dismissal of numerous physicians despite the inability to function - often for years. And then the long expensive journey of people having to 'be their own physician' takes place. This is a pricey & exhaustive endeavor of hunting for various physician specialties, medication/supplement trial and error, etc.. This generally leads to a change in diet and treatment of the endocrine system by a Functional Medicine, Integrative Physician or Naturopath along w/ the rest of their medical 'team' which is typically anywhere from 5 to 6 physicians. And puzzle piece after puzzle piece is placed into each individual's complicated health picture as they peel back layers of discovery.
Those that have reached full healing, have gotten to the core issue and it is (just in the cases that I am familiar with) always -100% of the time - a conglomerate of underlying multiple infections buried beneath the gut and elsewhere. . It is astounding how many answers are found in attacking the infections - co-infections - biofilms - etc. And it's even more astounding how complex the healing process is for each individual.
Many of us - many - have walked a traumatic road of healing with discoveries & answers that we wish we would have had from the beginning.
Another commonality among every one of these patients (including myself) is that we pretty much started from the outside of the 'healing ring' (made up term of mine) and worked inward to find the 'cause'. This is the basis of Functional Medicine actually.
With the information I am going to provide you, you can bypass so many unnecessary pitfalls and start with the best testing and absolute most clinically sound resources. I am essentially giving you a shortcut to what could be hours on the web....lost in an abyss of 'How in the world will I get well'?!?!
If I could go back to my own health crisis, I would have personally started with these resources below. What is ironic is that in any chronic illness, we should (again, refer to the Medical Disclaimer as this is simply my opinion) all start 'below the gut' & 'in the gut' with infections. As Doug - friend of the author of 'Public Health Alert' said absolutely perfectly and it stuck with me ""While other people went on to investigate other health problems, I just kept chasing the infections, and I got well."
Alright, let's get to sharing these resources - I will only share three to get you started. And if you get overwhelmed in reading, know that is normal. It's overwhelming but take it slow and set aside considerable time to really educate yourself: Getting to the underlying infections can shave YEARS off of your healing path:
First Resource: JC-Squared: Justin & Christa Vanderham
My friend Christa Vanderham suffered indescribably & traumatically for years from a host of Lyme, infections, co-infections & biotoxin illness(s). You can watch her story here. Christa & her husband, Justin did an amazing job of providing the best resources for testing for various infections as well as an explanation of Biofilms, Biotoxin Illness, Lyme, Bartonella, etc.
Second Resource: Public Health Alert
Specially read this article. When you are done, re-read it again and again until it sinks in. Know this information prior to stepping into any Functional Medicine physician's office. While some holistic physicians are absolutely amazing and I believe, must be on your team, there are so many that will absolutely financially rob you - sending you down a path of healing that doesn't lead to healing at all. Be wise and BE EDUCATED! The education is being provided for you.
Third Resource: Fry Laboratories
Read every piece of information you can to fully understand biofilms and why it's critical to 'break through the biofilms' to heal. Fry Laboratories which Christa Vanderham referenced above is your best resource. Go here to read.
I know this is a lot of information to take in. Take some deep breathes, purchase a journal and start taking notes. Slowly but surely you will start fitting your own puzzle pieces together.
If you have questions, please contact me at any of my social media outlets provided at the top right hand of Snapshots of Wellness.
You can make it there - you really can fully recover. I know it's painful and you might wonder how you are still enduring it all but, keep persevering, leaning on Him and staying focused on the end goal. And you - will - make - it.
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